Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV)

  Northrop Grumman’s 300-foot-long, 70-foot-tall, remotely piloted Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) airship is scheduled to fly for the first time in early June at Lakehurst, N.J. The maiden flight could take place anytime between June 6 and 10, weather permitting, and will be followed by a trip to Florida where it will be outfitted … More Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV)

WSGI Lighter-Than-Air UAV Will Fly At DOE Test Site In Navada

World Surveillance Group (WSGI) confirmed Wednesday that free flight testing and customer demonstrations of the Argus One UAV will take place at the U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Test Site (“N2S2”) in early December 2011. These flight tests and demonstrations at N2S2 are being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”) and have been … More WSGI Lighter-Than-Air UAV Will Fly At DOE Test Site In Navada

Airships for the 21st Century

Long-duration, heavy-lift designs breathe new life into the world’s oldest aircraft technology By RON HOCHSTETLER Illustration: Science Applications International Corp. Residents of Caribou, Maine, who happened to glance up at the skies over the former Loring Air Force Base recently got a glimpse of the future—although they might have thought they were looking at something out of … More Airships for the 21st Century

U.S. Army surveillance blimp destroyed in accident

Published 14 April 2011 The U.S. military wants to place powerful sensors on blimps, and have these blimps loiter the sky above the battlefield; the sensors, produced by Raytheon, will enable battlefield commanders to increase their wide-area protection against land-attack cruise missiles; last September, two blimps moored next to each other in the Elizabeth City, … More U.S. Army surveillance blimp destroyed in accident

Northrop Grumman’s LEMV Program Completes Critical Design Review…Fourth Major Milestone Completed; Next Major Milestone is Hull Inflation

MELBOURNE, Fla., BETHPAGE, N.Y., and LONDON – Feb. 1, 2011 – Six months after signing the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) agreement with the U.S. Army to build three airships with 21-day persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE:NOC) LEMV program team has completed its Critical Design Review (CDR). This is the … More Northrop Grumman’s LEMV Program Completes Critical Design Review…Fourth Major Milestone Completed; Next Major Milestone is Hull Inflation

Border Patrol decides not to purchase a balloon to aid communication among agents

An Arizona-based company makes a balloon that carries light-weight communication gear at 60,000 to 100,000 feet above the earth, and can extend the range of two-way radios on the ground as much as 40-fold; the Border Patrol showed interest in the balloon as a means to help its agents better communicate with each other and … More Border Patrol decides not to purchase a balloon to aid communication among agents

Ekranoplanes

KM – The “Caspian Sea Monster” It is not a plane, it is not a boat, it is not a terrestrial vehicle. It is not also a hover craft — though it has some resemblances. The name is strange: Ekranoplan, a compound made from the Russian expression ecranniy, which means “ground effect” and refers to … More Ekranoplanes

4 New ‘Blimp’ Designs Bring Return of the Airship

We already took you inside our floating future with hybrid airships. Can new tech put them on the fast track? Always on the verge of a seeming comeback, airships are back in the spotlight, touting new technologies. The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency recently announced funding for an innovative, ballast-free airship technology created by Aeros … More 4 New ‘Blimp’ Designs Bring Return of the Airship

Airships for the 21st Century

  Long-duration, heavy-lift designs breathe new life into the world’s oldest aircraft technology Illustration: Science Applications International Corp. Residents of Caribou, Maine, who happened to glance up at the skies over the former Loring Air Force Base recently got a glimpse of the future—although they might have thought they were looking at something out of … More Airships for the 21st Century

Lockheed Martin’s PTDS in High Demand in Afghanistan

  One of the Coalition Forces’ most valuable assets in its new age war in Afghanistan has a distinctively old school look about it. Aerostats – similar to blimps and hot air balloons that have been used by militaries for more than 100 years – equipped with high powered video surveillance capability have been quite … More Lockheed Martin’s PTDS in High Demand in Afghanistan